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First Lady Melania Trump has said that when her husband, Donald, is attacked, he will “punch back 10 times harder.” On Sunday, President Trump put those pugilistic instincts on display for all the world to see, circulating a doctored video clip that showed him physically attacking a crudely rendered stand-in for CNN, then walking away with a grimace of satisfaction.

After a week in which even Republicans were provoked to plead with the president to stop tweeting, the new post on Twitter again struck a nerve, drawing fresh rebukes from critics who called it an incitement to violence and a degradation of the highest office in the land.

Trump’s supporters and surrogates, though, defended the video clip as harmless mockery, denied that such postings distracted from his agenda, or cheered the message outright.

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President Trump speaks at the "Celebrate Freedom" rally at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington on Saturday.
President Trump speaks at the "Celebrate Freedom" rally at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington on Saturday. (Olivier Douliery / Pool Photo)

President Trump tweeted about:

  1. His celebration of Canada Day
  2. His displeasure at states' refusal to cooperate with a request by his voter fraud panel for voters' personal data
  3. A renewed attack on talk show hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, as well as on CNN, NBC and "fake news" in general
  4. His weekly address
  5. His attendance at a concert celebrating veterans
  6. His defense of his social media use
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  • Foreign policy
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President Trump hailed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as a "new found friend" in a tweet celebrating Canada Day.

Trudeau and Trump haven't always seen eye to eye. The Trump administration in April slapped tariffs on Canadian lumber shipped to the United States, saying it was unfairly subsidized, and the two sides have sparred over Canada's dairy import policies.

But, according to a New York Times report, Trudeau has employed a unique strategy for "managing" Trump that includes a "war room" of "America whisperers" tasked with cultivating access to the people around the president.

  • His schedule

President Trump shared a video of his weekly address, in which he applauded the House passage of two immigration bills and called on the Senate to take up the legislation as well.

A full transcript of Trump's weekly address is here.

  • His schedule
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President Trump promoted his appearance at a "Celebrate Freedom" concert honoring veterans.

He was spending the pre-Independence Day weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., but traveled back to Washington for the event Saturday night.

The evangelical megachurch First Baptist Dallas and Salem Media Group sponsored the event at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. First Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress was a strong backer of Trump during the 2016 campaign.

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  • Voter fraud

President Trump is upset that all states aren't fully cooperating with his voting commission's request for detailed information about every voter in the United States.

Some of the most populous and Democratic-leaning ones, including California and New York, are refusing to comply. But even some conservative states that voted for Trump, such as Texas, say they can provide only partial responses based on what is legally allowed under state law.

Given the mishmash of information Trump's commission will receive, it's unclear how useful it will be or what the commission will do with it. Trump established the commission to investigate allegations of voter fraud in the 2016 elections, but Democrats have blasted it as a biased panel that is merely looking for ways to suppress the vote.

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Hours after taking to Twitter to lash out at talk show hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski for the third time in as many days, President Trump renewed his screed against "fake news" Saturday afternoon and defended his use of social media.

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(Associated Press)

President Trump escalated an intensely personal feud with two high-profile talk show hosts Saturday, suggesting without evidence that their network is biased against him.

The president's stream of insults has pained politicians from both parties who have appealed to him, without apparent success, to stop the 140-character bursts of character attacks and focus on running the country.

Trump lashed out at Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, co-hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," on Twitter on Saturday. From his New Jersey golf club, he said: "Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses."

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President Trump crosses the tarmac to Marine One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., on Friday, June 30, 2017, en route to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.
President Trump crosses the tarmac to Marine One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., on Friday, June 30, 2017, en route to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)

President Trump tweeted about:

  1. His suggestion that lawmakers repeal Obamacare now and work out a replacement later
  2. His dispatching of federal agents to Chicago to assist with the city's crime "epidemic"
  3. A continuation of his attack on MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski
  4. His announcement during a meeting with South Korea's president that he is renegotiating a 5-year-old trade deal between their two countries 
  5. His frustration with North Korea
  6. His revival of the National Space Council
  • Foreign policy
  • North Korea

After delivering a joint statement in the Rose Garden with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, President Trump tweeted that "the era of strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed."

Trump railed against the North Korean government as a "reckless and brutal regime" as he addressed the media with Moon on Friday. He pointed to the death of American college student Otto Warmbier, which took place shortly after his release from North Korean custody.

Trump said that his goal is "peace, stability and prosperity" for the region, but warned that the United States will "always" defend itself and its allies.